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FedEx Europe to launch air transit facility at Istanbul Airport

September 4, 2023 at 2:01 pm

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FedEx Europe, a subsidiary of premier shipping courier, FedEx, announced Monday it will open a new global air transit facility at Istanbul Airport in November 2024, Anadolu Agency reports.

This reflects the rapid rise of Istanbul Airport as a strategic cargo hub connecting businesses across six continents, according to a statement from airport operator, IGA.

Thanks to its infrastructure, connectivity, technology and location, Istanbul Airport has become the world’s second busiest hub in terms of international passenger numbers and is among the top five cargo airports in Europe.

FedEx currently supports customers on key inter-continental trading routes through a shared third-party facility at Istanbul Airport, the statement said.

The new facility includes three parking spots for FedEx aircraft, space for 32 vans and seven truck doors, and will use state-of-the-art sorting technology with capacity to handle 3,000 pieces per hour.

It is also designed with separate parcel and freight processing, benefitting businesses who want to bundle both shipment types in a single network with a single interface – a unique feature of the FedEx Europe value proposition, according to the statement.

“We’re excited about our expansion at Istanbul Airport, which gives FedEx an even stronger foothold at this strategic location and unlocks growth opportunities for customers trading inter-continentally,” said Eser Sezek, Vice President of operations for South-east Europe, Israel and Turkiye for FedEx Express.

The FedEx’s decision reflects Istanbul Airport’s position as a” strategic super hub,” not only for passengers but also for the cargo and logistics sector, said Kadri Samsunlu, CEO of Istanbul Airport.

“We are confident that this new facility will further cement IGA Istanbul Airport’s vision and mission and commitment to being a global hub and gateway to the world,” Samsunlu added.

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